International Student Exchange Launches Online Application for Interested Host Families

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International Student Exchange has gone live with an electronic application process for families interested in hosting foreign exchange students.

Since its formulation over 30 years ago, International Student Exchange has been bringing students from countries like Germany, Russia, Sweden, Brazil, China and Thailand to the United States to study and expand their cultural awareness. This once in a lifetime program has made it possible for families both foreign and domestic to make the world a little smaller and give their children a chance to experience more of the world.

Now in its 30th year, ISE has gone live with an electronic application process for families interested in hosting foreign exchange students. In addition to streamlining the vetting process for host families, the electronic application now makes it easier and faster for ISE to facilitate the placing process, ensuring that students receive information about their host families sooner, and making the logistics of arrival simpler for overseas agents to navigate.

In terms of the benefit to students, the electronic application will bring the exchange industry into the rapid information sharing venue, giving students the advantage of immediate recognition of their U.S. family and school. For students entering the country on a J-1 visa, timing is everything, and the faster information can be shared the more positive the experience of being an exchange student will be.

Anyone working in the field of student exchange will tell you that streamlining the process of vetting host families is a monumental step forward. It allows families interested in becoming a host family to complete the application in the privacy of their own home, and allows the placing representative to make instant connections with potential host families.

The J-1 visa is a cultural and educational visitors visa. It is a one time chance to travel to the United States to take part in the educational programs offered here in the U.S. As a sponsor for the J-1 visa, ISE and its representatives find homes and schools for students wishing to travel to the U.S. and enroll for a five-to-ten month stay.

During their visit, students are enrolled in an American public school, live with a host family, and are inducted into U.S. culture as a true, albeit temporary American. Students are given a chance to travel, study, and broaden their horizons, all while living with a loving family and making American friends.

Originally designed to enhance diplomatic relations with foreign nations, the exchange visitor program has evolved to serve more than exclusively political ends. Today it represents the educational goals, unprecedented talent, and peace-seeking aspirations of generations of bright young students. It represents the goals and dedication of the globetrotting diplomat. And it represents the dreams of the young and old alike, working towards a future of mutual understanding.

International Student Exchange is a nonprofit student exchange organization that has been placing foreign exchange students in the United States for over thirty years. Located in Babylon, NY, it is one of the largest and most dedicated exchange organizations in operation today. Learn more on how to become a host family by visiting

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